Rotations in Airtime Pro
The Rotations feature allows the user to give Airtime Pro criteria for track selection that you can apply to any scheduled show to either generate content or fill any dead air at the end of the show. Additionally, through the use of Auto DJ, Airtime Pro can schedule shows during gaps in the station's schedule and apply a Rotation to any shows that have time remaining without scheduled content. Any time a Rotation is scheduled, it will fill the scheduled show an hour before it goes on air.
You will find the Rotations tab on the left side of the Airtime Pro interface.
There are two halves of the Rotations page.
The left half is used to select Rotations for editing or by clicking the + New button, a new Rotation can be created. The right side contains the criteria list to build the Rotation:
Name the Rotation here. Use descriptive names to find the Rotation later.
This field lets Airtime Pro know where to look for tracks to use in the Rotation.
- Library - Searches the entire station library for tracks matching the Rotation criteria. (Default)
- Playlist - Only use tracks from the chosen playlist to create the Rotation.
- Smart Block - (Advanced feature) If a static Smart Block is chosen, only use tracks from the chosen Smart Block to schedule in the Rotation.
Criteria are used to narrow down the track selection that will be scheduled in the Rotation. This can be used to exclude station identifications and jingles, or long tracks (like podcasts), for example.
The Rotation will be created based on what is selected here. The following criteria allow for filtering of track selection.
- Genre - Narrows down track selection to this genre. If ‘rock’ is given, tracks with the genres ‘hard rock’, ‘soft rock’, or ‘punk rock’ will also be selected.
- Length - Only tracks whose lengths fall within the given range will be selected. Values left blank will be considered open-ended.
- Year - Only tracks whose Year field falls within the given range will be selected. Values left blank will be considered open-ended.
- Upload Time - If the ‘Uploaded’ dropdown is selected, only tracks uploaded within selected date range (‘Within the last…’) will be chosen when the Rotation is scheduled. For example, if a show that repeats weekly is scheduled with a Rotation selecting tracks uploaded ‘Within the last week’, the tracks selected will rotate each week to any tracks uploaded since the previous show. If ‘Between’ is selected, only tracks uploaded within the given range will be selected. Values left blank will be considered open-ended.
- Uploaded By - Only tracks uploaded by the selected user will be selected.
- Custom - Custom fields allow for other metadata to be used in track selection. Up to two custom fields may be specified.
The Rotations feature slightly changes new show creation by adding a selection to automatically assign a Rotation to a show. Rotations can also be added from the Edit Show dialog, or from the Scheduled Shows tab on the Dashboard page.
When a Rotation is filled with tracks before it is played, Airtime prioritizes tracks based on how recently they’ve been uploaded and how long it has been since it has last been played. Tracks uploaded most recently and have never been played will be selected first, followed by the next most recently uploaded track with the lowest play count. This ensures that Rotations have as much variety possible!
When your Rotation is applied to a show, Airtime will make sure not to schedule any tracks in the previous show that haven’t been played out yet, as well as any tracks that are manually added into the current show.
Since Airtime is going to try to fill the show as precisely as possible with the Rotation feature, you may find repeat tracks in your show if your library is small or has many long tracks. To perfectly fill a show with tracks, Airtime may adjust the cue points of the tracks by up to half a second each.
Both before and after a Rotation is scheduled, the show may be edited and tracks may be manually scheduled as with any other show. Airtime will take into account any tracks already in the show when determining the remaining time to schedule.